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4/15/08 Science Cafe Raleigh Questions




TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008
6:30-8:30 P.M. WITH DISCUSSION BEGINNING AT 7:00 FOLLOWED BY Q&A
LOCATION: THE IRREGARDLESS CAFÃ, 901 W. MORGAN ST, RALEIGH, 833-8898

If you thought we were going to save the planet with biofuels, think again. Are there other responsible policy and lifestyle choices that can help meet the challenges of our energy needs? What is our government doing to help? Join John Bonitz and Marc Dreyfors in a spirited discussion of transportation and energy options, as well as sustainable agriculture and community development. Many complex problems are combining to make our choices more difficult as we edge toward tipping points in global climate change.

Speakers:
John Bonitz is Farm Outreach and Policy Advocate for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (cleanenergy.org) where he helps promote responsible policies that grow clean, farm-based energy and participates in state-level climate change policy developments throughout the Southeast. Bonitz has developed an award-winning recycling program at his alma mater (UNC Greensboro) and studied global environmental policy at the University of Maryland. He has also worked on cost-effective renewable energy technologies at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and in Chatham County helped establish the Piedmont Biofuels Cooperative and the Chatham Marketplace, a cooperative grocery emphasizing local foods.

Marc Dreyfors is co-founder of The Forest Foundation (theforestfoundation.org/), a non-profit that provides environmental education and âgreenâ business development through a number of ongoing programs and projects. Dreyfors is leading the effort to increase distribution of alternative biofuels in the Triangle area by building a biodiesel plant and starting Bull City Biodiesel Cooperative. Dreyfors holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In his role with The Forest Foundation, he has consulted in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico, and has made presentations at conferences and taught classes on issues of micro-enterprise development, sustainable resource management and ecotourism.

RSVP to katey.ahmann@ncmail.net. For more information, contact Katey Ahmann at 919.733.7450, ext. 531.


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